At Martin Implants, we believe the best way for our patients to fight off harmful cavities and painful tooth infections is by including great oral hygiene habits in their daily life. With proper oral hygiene and other preventive care from your Stockton dentist, patients can expect to live cavity-free lives for as long as possible. How are your oral hygiene habits at home? It’s time to find out if you’re doing everything possible to maintain a healthy mouth and how you can improve. Keep reading to find out the steps for the best oral hygiene of your life.

1. Brushing Your Teeth and Tongue

Although this is the first step for great oral hygiene, and one of the most obvious, it is the most important step for oral hygiene. When it comes to daily oral hygiene, you should brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day. This means brushing in a circular motion around your teeth for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste. Once you’re done brushing your teeth, you should always be sure to brush your tongue. This will not only freshen up your breath, but it will kill off the rest of the harmful bacteria in your mouth that may cause future cavities. Brushing your teeth and tongue at least twice a day is the easiest and most effective way to prevent cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.

2. Flossing Regularly

Aside from brushing your teeth and tongue, you should also be following up your brushing routine with flossing. We recommend flossing at least once a day, preferably in the evening. We’ve found that many of our patients dislike flossing. First, because it makes their gums bleed, and second because they find it to be a tedious task. If you find that your gums are bleeding because of flossing, this is actually the first sign that you may be developing gum disease. In other words, you need to be flossing more so that your gums don’t bleed.

When you floss, this removes debris, food, plaque and tartar that may be stuck beneath the gum line. It’s essential to floss in order to remove this. Otherwise, cavities and gum disease are likely to develop. If you dislike flossing, try alternative methods. Try out the tape floss instead of the string floss. If you find it difficult to hold floss, try using the flossers with handles. If you’re still not happy with those options, try out a water flosser. Although they don’t do as well of a job, they are removing more plaque and tartar than without flossing at all. Although flossing can be a pain, once you include it in your daily routine, you won’t find it to be as tedious.

3. Visiting Your Stockton Dentist for Dental Exams

If you want to get the most out of your dental hygiene, it’s important to visit our Stockton dentist every 6 months for your dental exam. During your dental exam, we don’t just look for problems, we look for solutions. For example, we will first take x-rays of your teeth to see if there are any underlying problems in your mouth. Next, we will give you a visual exam. If we notice that you haven’t been brushing your teeth well in one area, we will let you know. This will help you brush your teeth better in the future. If we find any problems in your mouth, we will make sure to treat this as soon as possible to prevent the problem from growing worse. This will help ensure that your oral hygiene stays great.

4. Visiting Your Stockton Dentist for Cleanings

After your dental exam, our dental hygienist will pay you a visit. But first, our Stockton dentist will scrape off any plaque or tartar from your teeth. This cannot be removed by brushing alone and will prevent the tartar from turning into a cavity. Next, our hygienist will professionally clean your teeth. This will remove any remaining plaque and tartar, giving your teeth a nice and polished look! This is an important step for maintaining your oral hygiene because the hygienist can see all areas of your mouth when brushing your teeth, while when you brush; you might miss areas and not know about it. Lastly, our hygienist will floss your teeth and let you finish off with some fluoride mouthwash. If you request, we can even apply an additional fluoride treatment to your teeth for extra care.

5. Using Fluoride Mouthwash

An extra step you can include in your daily oral hygiene routine is the use of mouthwash. Using a fluoride mouthwash every night before you go to sleep can give your teeth the extra fluoride it needs to fight off cavities and bacteria. In addition, it kills almost all of the germs left in your mouth after you brush your teeth. The best way to prevent cavities is by killing off the bacteria that causes them.

6. Choosing Your Toothbrush Wisely

When it comes to brushing your teeth, your toothbrush actually plays a large role. For example, if you choose an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush, you’re more likely to get a better brush from using an electric toothbrush. This is because the electric toothbrush does most of the work for you. In addition, electric toothbrushes have timers on them that ensure you actually brush for the required 2 minutes. If you don’t want to put down the cash to purchase an electric toothbrush, you need to make sure that your brushing habits are perfect to ensure you don’t miss any spots in your mouth when brushing your teeth. Brushing effectively is more important than your toothbrush type. As long as you have good brushing habits, you can expect to stay cavity free.

Visit Martin Implants for Your Next Dentist Appointment Today

If you’re overdue for your next dental exam and cleaning, it’s never too late. Give Martin Implants in Stockton a call today for your next dentist appointment. Our team is happy to meet with you to ensure you have great oral hygiene. Make sure to follow our steps for good oral hygiene to keep your mouth healthy. Make your appointment by calling us or filling out our online form.